Happy Birthday To Howard Jones

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(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

Today is [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Howard Jones[/lastfm]’ birthday!!

And to celebrate, Jack FM is taking you back to the ’80s.

No, seriously… we have a DeLorean waiting for you in the parking lot.

He has been described as one of the defining figures of mid ’80s synthpop.

Born in Southhampton, England in 1955, Howard Jones first found success with his debut single, “New Song.”  Released in September 1983, “New Song” was a smash in the U.K., peaking at No. 3.  Following a performance on the BBC television show Top of the Pops, Jones released his first album, Human’s Lib, in ’84.  It went to No. 1 on the British Albums chart and produced three singles: “Hide and Seek,” “Pearl in the Shell” and “What Is Love,” which was also a Top 40 hit in the U.S.

A year later, Howard Jones’ popularity in the States soared with the release of Dream Into Action.  The album landed at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and sold over a million copies.  The single “Things Can Only Get Better” peaked in the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 5, and it even crossed over onto the R&B chart, climbing to No. 54.  “No One Is to Blame,” which was re-recorded for a more radio-friendly sound and produced by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phil Collins[/lastfm], became Jones’ most successful single.  It topped the Adult Contemporary chart and was huge on pop radio.  “No One Is to Blame” is Jack’s Song of the Day.

Since then, the British New Waver has remained active.  He continues to tour and record, and in 2009, he released the album Ordinary Heroes.  In addition to being a singer, Jones has also maintained a career as a successful producer, songwriter and even restauranteur, running a vegetarian cafe in New York.

In April, Howard Jones will kick off an 8-date U.K. tour where he’ll be performing the albums Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action in their entireties.  Two months later, the tour rolls across the Atlantic, and Jones will be at DallasHouse of Blues on June 29th.

Here’s Howard Jones performing his hit “New Song.”  Seriously, Jack FM just wants to go back to 1983 so we can burn that hideous sweater.

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